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Dates Pronunciation Board Game

SUBMITTED BY: Brenton Gettmann




DATE ADDED: Jan 20, 2011 






Grade 5ĉGrade 6ċ

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15-30 min.

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Brief Outline

This is a board game that helps students understand the pronunciation of dates in English.


Materials Needed

  • DatesPronunciationBoardGame attachment: Includes a board and memorization sheet.
    • Board: The board is setup to help the students visualize the counting of the days with the color coordination and pictures that I added to the board.
    • Memorization Sheet: 
      • Give each student a memorization sheet at the end of class. (I divided all of the different pronunciations into categories for dates that have similiar pronunciations.)
      • There are 4 levels to the memorization.
      • Between periods, if students come to you and can say the correct pronunciation for a level, they get your signature and a sticker (optional).
      • To pass Level 2, they have to say level 1 and 2 correctly. To pass level 3, they have to say level 1,2, and 3 correctly. To pass level 4, the must say all of the dates correctly."


Detailed Explanation

  1. After breaking the students into groups, pass out the game boards.
  2. Attempt to explain to students how to properly pronounce and say dates in English:
    • I usually start by having all of the students count from 1-31 with me.
    • Then I have them only repeat the sounds of the counters: st, nd,rd, and th.
    • Draw a baseball diamond on the board.
    • I then ask if there are any students in the class who like baseball.
    • I point to first base and ask them what it is. They will probably say "ファースト."
    • I then ask him/her to say "second" and "third."
    • Explain that they are the same for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd days of the month.
    • Then I really enunciate the pronunciation of the dates. Like, "firST, secoND, thiRD."
    • I then explain to them that 21st, 31st, 22nd, and 23rd all are pronounced by simply saying the first number, "20" and adding "1st" etc. to them.
    • Then tell them that every other number is a "th" sound added onto the normal pronunciation of the number, excluding 5th, along with 15th, and 25th. They just have to learn those.
    • Then have them repeat a few times all the way through to hopefully get them prepped to play the game. (Tell them that they will be playing a board game after you think they can handle the pronunciation on their own. This will hopefully motivate them to stick with you.)
  3. Once you have got that beast of a task taken care of, simply tell the kids to play "sugoroku" and to pronounce the numbered date that they land on. For example, one students rolls a 3 from Start, they move three spaces and say, "3rd".
  4. If a student can't remember the pronunciation, tell them to raise their hands and ask you to say it for them and then have them repeat.


Teaching Suggestions

  • In my opinion, this is probably the hardest thing to teach the kids in all of Eigo Noto 2, so try stay genki with them.

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